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6 March 2024 - 6 March 2024

7:30PM - 9:00PM

Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3LR

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Ailsa Dixon (1932–2017), who studied music at Durham’s Music Department and St Mary’s College in the 1950s, is one of the many women composers who have been sidelined in musical history. Only a handful of her works were performed in her lifetime, until in 2017 her anthem These Things Shall Be was chosen for premiere as part of a project to highlight the work of female composers.

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Ailsa Dixon

To mark International Women’s Day 2024, the Music Department and St Mary’s College host a concert to continue the revival of her music.

Durham University Keyboard Instrument Society and Chamber Music Society join forces for the most wide-ranging programme of Ailsa Dixon’s works ever to be performed in a single concert. Many of these works were still in manuscript, and some will be premieres. The event will include a discussion of Ailsa’s music with her daughter Josie Dixon.

Includes free refreshments.

The concert forms part of a series of events hosted by the Music Department, with partners across Durham University, to mark International Women’s Day 2024. Highlights include the Music Department International Women’s Day 2024 Showcase, which spotlights achievements in composition and performance from women musicians of Durham and beyond; and a screening (plus Q&A discussion) of Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros, a documentary about the iconic composer, performer, teacher, philosopher, innovator and humanitarian.

With thanks to Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC), Durham Student Music, Durham University EDI Fund, Institute of Advanced Study, MUSICON, St John’s College, and St Mary’s College.


Free event, but places are limited (please register to attend)

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